Arsenal Dashes Man City's Title Hopes

Arsenal Dashes Man City's Title Hopes

London : United Kingdom | Apr 08, 2012 at 10:10 AM PDT
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Manchester City proved that they could not handle the pressure as they choked away their chances for the Barclays Premier League regular season title with a 1-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. This loss puts Manchester City eight points behind eventual champions Manchester United.

The only goal wasn't scored until the 87th minute when Mikel Arteta put the ball into the net. Man City was dominated for the entire match. To have no shots on goal against a team that is 100% attacking minded is absolutely appalling.

To make matters worse, City's Mario Balotelli picked up his second yellow card in the 90th minute with a horrible tackle. That red card ended any chances of a Manchester City comeback. Hopefully, Balotelli will fix his attitude because he has become the Terrell Owens of soccer. Changes must be made mentally or the downward spiral will continue.

Arsenal moves into third place with the win. Here are the starting lineups from the match. Both teams went with the standard 4-4-2 formation.

Arsenal -- Goalkeeper: Szczeny. Defenders: Vermaelen, Sagna, Koscielny, Gibbs. Midfielders: Arteta, Song, Rosicky, Benayoun. Forwards: Walcot, Van Persie.

Manchester City -- Goalkeeper: Hart. Defenders: Lescott, Kompany, Zabaleta, Clichy. Midfielders: Nasri, Barry, Yaya Toure, Milner. Forwards: Aguero, Balotelli.

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Arsenal's Arteta challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Parker during their English Premier League soccer match in London
Arsenal's Arteta challenges Tottenham Hotspur's Parker during their English Premier League soccer match in London
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